What Can Health Care Teach Us About Data Quality?

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By Elliot King

Data quality issues are more acute in health care than in perhaps any other industry sector. According to a seminal study by the Institute of Medicine, (IOM) preventable medical errors are responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths annually, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. These errors cost $98 billion annually.

Of course, not all of these errors reflect problems in data, but many do.… Read More

Communication is a Key to Data Quality

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By Elliot King

Too often, data quality is seen as a strictly technical issue. Data quality problems must be identified, assessed and then rectified, and that process is best managed by experts using the right tools.

But communication may be the most important element in a data quality program. A data quality program can only succeed if all the stakeholders understand the data quality program and play their role properly in executing it.

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Reducing Data Quality Risks

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By Elliot King

As Donald Rumsfeld, the former secretary of the defense once famously said, “there are known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” In other words, somethings we know we don’t know and consequently we can do the research to learn what we need to know. But other times, we don’t even know what we don’t know. Unknown unknowns present real risks, as Rumsfeld sadly learned.
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It Takes a Team

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By Elliot King

As the cliché has it, data is an organization’s most valuable asset. But the question is–who guards those corporate jewels? Is it the IT staff that is charged with making sure the information infrastructure supports the business correctly? Is it the database developers and administrators who are the front-line data professionals? Is it the business

users who need accurate data to make sure tasks are executed as anticipated?… Read More

Who Should Lead Your Data Quality Initiatives

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By Elliot King

Data and data quality issues touch virtually every part of an organization. Poor data hurts organizational efficiency. It can have a measurable impact on the bottom line. And it can diminish employee morale when employees cannot access the information they need to succeed at their tasks, and the data they do retrieve turns out to be wrong.

So the easy answer to who should lead data quality initiatives is that the
CIO should be in charge.… Read More